Black canes = bad. Brown canes = ?
It's not time to prune yet, but now that the snow melted after a good rain, I'm able to survey the damage. An early December ice storm had me worried since we didn't have snow cover yet. So far, it's not as bad as I feared.
Except for my Ramblin' Red. Its canes are brown all the way to the bottom where there's just a we bit if green. It's a nice sized climber for this area, so I hate to think I must cut it down to ground level. It's to early to cut and inspect the inside. Someone please tell me brown canes are not equal to black ones. If you tell me otherwise, I won't throw anything, but I'll make a really grumpy face.